SpokenWord every Monday. AWOL writers’ group every Sunday evening.

Last SpokenWord of 2018 will be 24th December. Restarts in 2019 on January 7th. This info last updated 7th Dec 2018. 

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday at the Chat Noir and an allied writers’ workshop at Shakespeare & Company (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.

SpokenWord Sounds
A taste of Monday nights at the Chat Noir, by Victor. Listen or download here.

Every Monday except August. Come to the Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All languages welcome. Free entry. Exit one euro.

Check next week’s theme here

AWOL Writers’ Group
Sundays evenings, alternating between Berkeley Books and The Red Wheelbarrow. Place and time vary so check here. Free. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by Bruce Sherfield and Simon Millward. Description. Join us afterwards for a drink.

Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.

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James Jewell to guest at SpokenWord 17th December

James Jewell is a jack of all trades: poet, rambling man, singer songwriter, and sometimes slave to the big system to make a buck. He and his wife Kara have been kind of nomadic wonderers from their home in the hills of Pennsylvania to Nashville, Los Angeles, Toronto and now Paris France. James has a strong sense of his Pennsylvania roots while being influenced by the weird and wonderful adventures he and his wife have experienced. James has now been part of the Paris scene for almost eight years and strongly influenced and inspired by living there.

James Jewell’s solo album “SONGS FROM THE FRIDGE” is a mix of songs that spans more then 20 years. Some fresh out of the bins of the Paris street markets and overs from the deep freeze of times past. Influences include, Woody Guthery, Cash, Elezibeth Cotton, Violent Femmes, Françoise Hardy, Georges Brassens and The Who.

SpokenWord theme: SHIPS

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Ellie O’Neill to guest at SpokenWord Monday 10th December

Ellie O’Neill is a 21 year old Irish songwriter living in Paris. Combining vocals and music that are at once delicate and powerful, her music is honest and open. Ellie takes inspiration from deeply personal experience that translates as both individual and human. The weaving together of lyrical depth and musical beauty is as natural as it is striking, and her love of the Irish language brings a unique rhythm and style to her work.

SpokenWord theme: Joy

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3rd December on SpokenWord… Mike Lemme

Our special guest this week will be a former intern for Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien, Mike Lemme. Best known for his work at the UNDER St. Marks Theater in New York’s East Village. He wrote and produced 2018’s 50th & 4th, a play loosely inspired by his first roommates in the city, a married couple he found on Craigslist. The play followed Lemme’s 2016 15-night-residency at the same theater. Mike has also warmed-up studio audiences for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and wrote for Second City. Lemme’s excited to visit Paris for the first time on holiday!

SpokenWord theme: URBAN

Cheers all,
David Barnes

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Me (David Barnes) and Maher Ajamane chatting about poetry and stuff

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Heather Hartley to guest at SpokenWord Monday 26th November…

SpokenWord theme: Grace

Heather Hartley is Paris Editor for Tin House magazine and the author of Adult Swim (2016) and Knock Knock (2010) both from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Her short fiction, poems, essays and interviews have appeared in or on PBS Newshour, The Guardian, Slice, The Literary Review, Post Road and other venues. She has presented writers at Shakespeare and Company Bookshop and has taught creative writing at the American University of Paris and the University of Texas El Paso MFA program.

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Camille Adnot to Guest at SpokenWord Paris November 19th–Monday’s Theme: Shadow & Light

l&s theme camille adnotCamille Adnot is a fiction writer and poet, who writes both in English and in French. She grew up in France, where she read English at the ENS of Paris and Paris-Diderot uni, which developed her love for the music of the English language. That love was furthered by living in the UK for a couple of years, first in Nottingham and then in Oxford, where she taught French. She’s also around London from time to time. Currently she’s doing a PhD on the mapping of chaos in William Blake’s illuminated books at Paris-Diderot, and teaching English lit. That hasn’t led her to engrave her poetry yet, but she’s worked in collaboration with visual artist Anne Huynh on turning a number of poems into paintings, and they’re also thinking of making a short movie out of one. In the meantime, Camille keeps on writing, performing at open mics like Spoken Word Paris or Angora Poets, taking part in the AWOL workshop, and she’s recently become part of the Poetry Brothel, where you can listen to her poetic alter ego, Sasori Sting, recite poems in a decadent fashion. Her poems in English, and poems of other writers that she has translated into French, have been published in The Opiate, Those That This, and Quail Bell Magazine.

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Vie Boheme to Guest at SpokenWord Paris November 12th–Monday’s Theme: Intuition

IMG_7136-Edit-2Vie Boheme (pronounced Vee Bow-em), is an American  Bohemian Soul vocalist, bridging the gap between music and dance.  Born in Motown, developed in Pittsburgh and refined in Minneapolis, USA, Vie Boheme is one of the most prominent artists to emerge from the Minneapolis music scene which is home to the Prince legacy of powerful musicianship  and dynamic and eclectic stage performances. Vie describes her sound as a fusion of African American music traditions;  Soul, R&B  Funk, Jazz, Blues, Gospel and Rock with  Pop sensibilities. In her live performances she flows between song and dance performing both in unison. She works to bring athletic agility to musical performance.  She calls her performance style ‘a fusion of fusions…


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Remember, remember the 5th of November…

SpokenWord falls on November 5th this year… variously known as Bonfire Night, Guy Fawkes Night or further back it was Gunpowder Treason Day. It celebrated the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605 in which Guy Fawkes and his conspirators almost succeeding in blowing up the Houses of Parliament and killing King James I.

Guy Fawkes – Catholic terrorist or the only man to enter parliament with honest intentions? In recent years, notably with the graphic novel and film V for Vendetta that popularised the Guy Fawkes mask, he has been celebrated by anarchists as a symbol of resistance to the fascist tendancies of the state.

Traditionally in Britain effigies of Guy Fawkes are burnt on bonfires and fireworks let off. Effigies of other hated figures, or even things, have also long been thrown on to the fire.

So this SpokenWord why not bring something to be symbolically destroyed?

Or a poem or spoken word piece or song on the theme of Conspiracy/Guy Fawkes/Bonfires.

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know no reason
Why Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!

…English folk verse

Cheers all,

David Barnes

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Beatrice Mori to Guest at SpokenWord Paris October 29th–Monday’s Theme: Dating

IMG_3405Beatrice Mori is an Italian bilingual professional actress, singer and musical theatre performer represented by Play Actors International Agency, who moved to London almost 3 years ago. She completed her training in Musical Theatre at the Royal Central School Of Speech And Drama, University Of London. Since then she started working both as an actress on camera for different projects that include among others: a role in “Double Entendre” which also premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, Things We Do Before Midnight” from Paniscus Motion Production, “Jessica & Scott” Short Love Story, a cameo on Sky 1 for What’s Up TV, a comic and bubbly role in “Yo Magazine” Sitcom; and also on stage as a musical performer. The main projects have been: the prestigious “West End Live 2017″ event in Trafalgar Square, Anything Goes” The Musical at the Greenwood Theatre, an Off West End production of a new original musical called “The Dream” at the Iris Theatre (Covent Garden), “Love Bites” Play at Art’s Night Event  in a new original play called “Our Dads Fucked Us Up” in which she plays an eccentric and cynical gypsy. She recently finished the run of the musical “West Side Story” as one of the Shark singers and dancers  and has now been cast in a new original show that will debut soon at the Etcetera Theatre (Camden Town) as well as being chosen to play a lead role in a new sci-fi series. When she’s not rehearsing or auditioning, Beatrice performs original and rearranged songs with her guitarist Alex Carli (Lotus Duo) in various venues/events around London. Beatrice also showcased her first on going work-in progress One Woman Show “Embracing Shadows” at Art’s Night Event  which received positive feedbacks. Even if it’s still a work in progress, she has already been offered the chance to work on it as a short movie by an award winning producer and filmmaker.

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Youssef Alaoui-Fdili to Guest at SpokenWord Paris October 22nd–Monday’s Theme: Smoke

IMG_0381Youssef Alaoui-Fdili is an Arab-Latino, born in California. His mother is Colombiana. His father was Moroccan. The Alaoui-Fdilis are originally from Fez. His brothers and aunts and uncles and cousins are today mostly in Casablanca and Rabat. His family and heritage are an endless source of inspiration for his varied, dark, spiritual and carnal writings. He has an MFA in Poetics from New College of California. There, he studied Classical Arabic, Spanish Baroque and Contemporary Moroccan poetry. He is also well versed in the most dour and macabre literature of the 19th Century. His poems have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, 580 Split, Cherry Bleeds, Carcinogenic Poetry, Red Fez, Big Bridge, Dusie Press, and nominated for a Pushcart at Full of Crow. Youssef is an original creator of the East Bay literary arts festival “Beast Crawl.” In 2012 he created Paper Press Books & Associates Publishing Company. This press offers several important books of poetry and one poetry and art compendium. Youssef also serves as an Associate Editor for Big Bridge Press.

Copies of his latest book, “Critics of Mystery Marvel,” a collection of magical persona poems, will be available at the reading.


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